PLEASE NOTE…. The 4th St Bridge at the Harvey Canal (LA 18) is currently closed to vehicle traffic, but open to navigation until further notice due to mechanical issues. The bridge will have to be repaired in the raised position to access the parts involved and to allow navigation to pass, given that their alternate route is closed because of the Algiers Lock being out of service for repair.
DOTD anticipates the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for 2 weeks but cautions the time estimate can change as repairs begin.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers/New Orleans reports that the Algiers Lock is temporarily closed to GIWW traffic due to a gate failure. Damage to the gate is extensive and will require major repairs. The damage occurred on the river end, west side of the structure.
According to the Corps, a closure notice was sent immediately to mariners and the U. S. Coast Guard to re-route vessels to the Harvey Lock as an alternative locking. Vessels were also being routed to the Port Allen Lock as an alternate route to divert large tow traffic during the repairs.
Initially, the Corps had to dewater the sector gate bay at the lock in order to implement the inspection of the failed section. The process to dewater Algiers Lock had not been completed in 20 years. When the full assessment was performed, the Corps discovered cracks in the other gate that did not fail during the initial incident. The Corps is now in the process of making repairs to both gates.
A sample of the failed beam from the Lock has been sent for material testing as repair work on the structure continues. The Corps anticipates the lock system to be closed until mid-July. For further information from the Corps, click here.
James Hines, Edward Jones
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Laurie Soileau, IBERIABANK
Steve Barrios, AEP River Operations
Robert Logreco, Logreco, CPA
Darryl Daigs, International Matex Tank Terminals
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Lionel Boudreaux, Petrex
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Ray Fuenzalida, Harvey Canal Limited Partnership
Charles Frederick, Boomtown Casino
Cornelius Rathborne, Rathborne Properties
Brian Heiden, Gulf Coast Bank
Jennifer Steel, West Jefferson Medical Center Foundation
Phil Ray, Signature Consultants
Ben Bourgeois, Stern Agee
Stephen Faucheaux, Allfax Specialties
Larissa Littleton-Steib, Delgado Community College
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